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|Vardit Lightstone 22June2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Vardit Lightstone discusses her experiences growing up in Toronto as part of a Modern Orthodox Jewish family and community. Focusing more specifically on spiritual and religious practices, Lightstone reflects on gender segregation in the Synagogue, as well as the beauty of ritual and prayer in her personal life. Through her involvement with the Yiddish Book Center Internship program, she shares what she has learned about the historical significance of Yiddish in Jewish life and what Yiddish mean...
Keywords: Yiddish; Modern Orthodox; Toronto; Gender; Gender Segregation; Prayer; Jewish Tradition; Jewish life; Chassid; Shabbat; Jewish Custom; Studying Aramaic; Studying Yiddish; Yiddish Newspaper; Socialst; Jewish Socialist; Jewish Upbringing; Jewish Education; Jewish Day School
|Frances Morrill Schlitt 10dec2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Frances Morrill Schlitt is a retired social worker originally from Auburn, Maine. She is the mother of a 2010-2011 Yiddish Book Center Fellow, David Schlitt. Frances' mother was an immigrant to the United States from Ponovitch, Lithuania, while her father came from outside Ponovitch. They met and married in the United States. Frances remembers thinking her mother was illiterate, but after she died Frances realized she could read and write (in addition to speak, of course) Yiddish...
Keywords: Jewish Immigrants; Jewish Day School; Jewish Calendar; Lithuania; Ponovitch; Jewish Ritual; Judaism; Shabbat; Jews of Newton; Jews of Brookline; Jews of Dorchester; Jews of Boston; Social Work; Women's Issues; Kibbutz; Israel; J Street; Gender Equality; Brandeis University; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project
|Florence Schumacher 16july2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Christa)|
Florence talks of growing up in Winnepeg, Manitoba in Canada to immigrant parents. Her father arrived in Canada from what was then Rumania, present day Maldova, as a Yeshiva bocher, in 1927. He spent one year working as an itinerant Hebrew teacher in the southern farming communities of Manitoba. After he moved to the city (Winnepeg), he was very involved in the socialist/communist movement and especially union organizing...
Keywords: Winnipeg; communism; garment industry; grocery story; communist education; father; disillusionment; parental tension; dual education; feeling like an outsider; jewish involvement; jewish identity; old country; rediscovering relatives; world war two; Holocaust; gender egalitarian relationship; Steinberg humor; college; escaping jewish background; returning to jewish culture; humanist temple; raising children; foundation of Israel; Yiddish today; antisemitism; Boston area; Massachusetts
|David Mazower 28march2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Christa)|
David Mazower is the great-grandson of acclaimed Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Asch. Mazower, who was raised and still lives in England, tells of his own background and encounters with Yiddish alongside stories of his great grandfather. Interestingly, on both sides of his family Mazower has strong Yiddish ties. His great grandfather on his father’s side, Max Mazower, was a Bundist active in Vilna at the turn of the 20th Century...
Keywords: Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; National Yiddish Book Center; books; Yiddish culture: theatre; Yiddish personalities; Yiddish language; old country; Holocaust; family history and stories; childhood; Jewish identity; Yiddish learning; theater; literature; ethnography; scholarship; education; religion and ritual; Israel; Eastern Europe; Feminism; United States; transmission; roots/heritage; children/grandchildren of; urban; shtetl; Kutno; Poland; London; England; Abraham Cahan; Marc Chagall; God of Vengeance; Yiddish Translation; gender